I don't know about you, but this winter weather has got me down in the dumps and tired as all heck! I need something to brighten up these dark days and this is the perfect painting to help me out.
9. Lastly, create a single-color outline around your animal to make it “pop”. This is the prominent emphasis you see in Pop Art and what makes the subject stand out. Usually this is black or white but, feel free to make it whatever color you wish!
You have officially created your pop art animal! Enjoy!
This little guy, or gal, is a super easy craft for young and old alike! Great for a chilly winter day to take up some down time and occupy little ones.
1. Cut your sock in half at the location in the photo
2. Take the top half and turn it inside out
3. Tie off the cut end with string (make sure to tie it tight!) and flip it back right side out
4. Start filling your sock with the rice (a funnel will help make it easier or just take your time with pouring) Fill the sock as much as you’d like – there is no right or wrong way
*I wanted to mention here, if you have text on your sock, it may show on the hat. I, luckily, covered mine up by folding the hat over "hipster" style as shown below.
Do you have a bunch of scrap fabric that you don't know what to do with? This is the perfect craft to use 'em up!
1. Cut 8 3"x3" pieces out of your fabric (or various fabrics)
2. Fold each piece in half and then in half again...
3. While holding the fold of each piece, cut the corner into a rough looking heart shape (I went ahead and did all 8 pieces so they were ready for me and I felt like that really sped the process along!)
8. As you let go of the corners, you'll see how all of the pieces are now together, but... it needs a little help becoming a flower. Begin "fluffing" up your pieces and spreading them outward. Oooo look at that flower grow! And just like that, your flower is formed and ready for whatever you wish to use it for!
(Side note: the fabric I used are actually pieces of my Papaw's flannel shirts - he passed a couple of years ago. I plan to use my flowers for wedding decorations/bouquets whenever that happens... cough, cough! ...That way he'll be with us on our special day.)
Do you remember that awesome spooky spell book I did back in October? Well, it started a whirlwind for Christmas gifts that I got completely lost in!
Ahhh, the wonderful world of altered books!
This is the main reason I haven't really posted too much because I was so enveloped in this realm, I didn't have time for anything else. Nothing!
If you don't know what I'm talking about, do a general search on Pinterest for "altered books" or "altered book journal" and behold. It is endless. You will get lost in a rabbit hole that you might never get out of!
Altered books can be created for any type of person, for any reason. The possibilities are endless and it is so incredibly creative. It is a very messy hobby but the results are beautiful. I also found it stress-relieving. I would go into my art room for hours and come out feeling calm and inspired.
Anywho, here is one of the books I created. This one was for my mom who decorates in the vintage/americana type decor. You need to download the file in order to watch it as it is too large for the online restrictions.
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Hoy! I haven't posted anything in a month! I can't believe it's winter and I can't believe Christmas is already less than a month away. Time goes by too fast as you get older, I'm not a fan.
Let's talk about a quick and easy craft you can do in practically no time at all! (Makes for some awesome gifts too)
1. Start by cleaning your glass item. Run it through the dishwasher or hand wash so it's nice and clean for our project.
2. Prep your area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth and set up all of your necessary materials so you are ready to go!
(You can use transfer tape or contact paper on top of your stencil to easily transfer it to your glass item. This will prevent the stencil from getting out of place and will keep the components in the correct spot)
5. Let the cream sit for no more than 20 minutes.
6. While still wearing the rubber gloves, wash your glass under the faucet and gently rub the cream away under the water.
7. Dry off your glass with a paper towel or hand towel, and wa-lah! A beautiful gift! (The small glass on the left is a pile of books just fyi)
This is a really fun little craft to do with someone of any age. It's a great way to repurpose old icky cookie sheets as well. This would make a great addition to just about any room of your home or a great gift as you can mold it to fit anyone's personal style.
Here I go with forgetting to take pictures of every... little... thing yet again, ug! But this one is pretty simple and should be easy to follow regardless.
1. If desired, paint your cookie sheet. It seems best to use a spray paint as it will adhere well. I, however, used acrylic paint on an old non-stick cookie sheet. You know what that means right? The paint did not stick great. But, I ended up liking the look and making it "distressed". I also went over the entire paint job with a layer of Mod Podge. If you go this route, and don't use Mod Podge, the paint will scratch right off once dry so make sure you put a layer of some sort over the paint!
Here's a quick project for some easy decor/accent piece for just about any part of your life: window valance, curtain, overlay skirt, bohemian accent, holiday garland, the list could go on and on.
I don't know what the official name of this is but let's call it "scrap-fabric garland" for the purpose of the blog!
1. Gather your fabric. Do not waste your money by going to the fabric store and buying new fabric, yuck! Hit up the thrift store, garage sales, or your closet instead. You can use just about anything: sheets, curtains, bed spreads, shirts, skirts, tablecloths, etc. As long as you can cut it, you can use it. The best items to find are ones that have more than one color involved. For example, I got a layered skirt for the garland in the first finished image. The underside layer was a mauve-y grey and the top layer was a pink floral - 2 for the price of one!
2. Cut long strips of the fabric. We will be doubling the strands so make it double what you need in length. The fabric will most-likely shed allllll over the place! That's just how it goes unless you want to use pinking shears.
3. Cut a length of strong rope/string to use to tie your pieces onto. It's better to cut extra and trim it down later. You may think that you don't need anything hefty but trust me you do. Once all that fabric gets tied on there, it is much heavier than you think! I strung up my string and even tied the ends up so that it is nice and taught for you to tie the strands right on the string without any headache.
4. Begin tying fabric pieces onto the rope using the larks head knot technique. This is the best because you will get two strands for the price of one and will make the garland look super full and fluffy.
5. Literally just keep tying... and tying... and tying... oh yea, and tying. And then you are done! You can now hang it wherever you wish or wear for a spunky costume, anything your heart desires!
Here are my 2 examples below:
My second garland is a MEGA garland! It's heavy but it's so worth it. I use it to decorate my craft show booth whenever I have one outside. It's so pretty blowing in the wind and I get so many compliments on it!
Do you ever see those awesome Pinterest posts of people transferring an image to a piece of wood or some other type of material? I have tried a couple techniques in the past but they were hard, time consuming, etc. But, thanks to the folks at CreativeBug, I have finally been able to learn a few easy ways for transferring images, and I am so excited to share one!
Note: If you are transferring anything involving words you must print a mirror/reversed image of those words or they will be backwards!
1. Create a good solid layer of Mod Podge wherever you are transferring your image to. Not "goopy" just a good solid layer with nothing left bare.
You may have to reapply more water throughout this process. Or, if you're like me, I noticed after it dried that I could still see paper remnants and did the process over again to get rid of that look.
6. And wa-la your image is officially transferred! You can do with it whatever you wish!
Can you believe it's September already? I love fall, definitely my favorite, but... seriously... where did summer go? In preparation for the coming comforting season what better craft to make than a Spooky Spell Book for your holiday decorating or gift giving!
2. Once you like where they are, go ahead and glue them down. I used Elmer's glue for this but you can also use a glue gun of course... it would be much faster too!
3. Next we want to create our creepy title. I went simple and just went with "SPELLS" but you can switch it up and maybe do "HEXES", "CURSES", etc. I created my letters by just using the hot glue gun and "writing" the letters out. However, you could get wood letters and put them on the cover just like you did with the first pieces. Up to you. If you go with the glue technique, do NOT, use Elmer's glue..... awful! It will take forever to dry and will barely be raised - stick with the hot glue and work relatively fast.
6. Next, you can add your creepy crawlies! Ooo! It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I could not decide if I wanted to paint over them or not! Decisions, decisions. I decided the paint over option and was very happy I did. Glue your guys on with hot glue and they will stick great! Then just paint right over them as well.
8. After the glue is dry, you can then paint over the exterior of the pages. I painted mine a neon green, super fun! But I think purple, red, and orange would also look awesome. I also took my brush from the black paint and lightly brushed over the green to give it a distressed look.
I have always loved dream catchers. I once had this mega one that was so awesome in my tye-dye pre-teen bedroom! I have had others throughout the years and have made a variety for programs or just for fun.
The one I show here I made for my grandma who was suddenly having a ton of bad dreams that were keeping her up throughout the night. The same night after hanging the dream catcher up above her bed she had a much more positive dream rather than something scary and morbid.
Hopefully your dream catcher can provide you some relief as well or just be an eye-catching decoration.
1. Start by tying an end of your material to the hoop securely. Then start wrapping your material around the hoop. This is where your first bout of patience will come in. Keep feeding your spool/skein in and out of the hoop until it is covered in its entirety. I think this took me a bout a half hour...
2. Finish it off by tying the end somehow to where you started.. I know, not the best description but that's all I got. I kind of looped mine around and tied it... and then tied again... and again. You definitely do not want it coming undone. (If you want extra security you could also glue the material as you wrap it)
3. Here's where you want to add your webbing. If you don't want beads in your webbing then this is going to be super easy for you. However, If you do want beads, this will most-likely be a little more time consuming.
a. Firstly, go ahead and act like you are forming your webbing so you can see how much of your yarn/thread you are going to use. Tie an end of the material you are using to the same area where you tied the yarn from step 2. Form the webbing by crossing back and forth from opposite ends of the hoop to start forming little triangular shapes. When you get to the amount you want, go ahead and cut the yarn so the rest of it doesn't get in your way and you can thread your beads on.
b. If you are not using beads, you can just tie the webbing off wherever you started and you're ready to move on to step 4. If you are adding beads however, this is where patience round 2 appears. For the beads I used, the holes were much larger than the thread I was using and I knew they would not stay in place once they were strung on the web. So, to get around this, I tied little knots before and after each individual bead so that they would not move. Fun right? This took forever but I wanted the beads on there. I tied them on at random and started wrapping the webbing again until I was happy with where everything ended up and tied it off at the end.
4. Now it's time to add the hanging components which, to me, is the fun part because I like to add "different" things to spruce it up/make it more interesting. You can add just about anything: ribbon, leather, feather, yarn, twine, jewelry pieces, beads, lace, etc. etc.
a. Tie these pieces by using a larks head knot (this is how I always tie items on a dream catcher because you get two strings for the price of 1!) Just keep adding more and more of whatever you wish, tying in the same way. The more you add, the more texture/depth the dream catcher will have!
b. Once you get your strings/ribbons tied on you can then add beads, feathers, and other embellishments. Sometimes you have to finagle these items on and tie them in weird/random ways to make them work!
c. Keep adding and adding until you are happy with the amount of embellishments. You can see in the below image a better view of the items I added. The cream-colored charm pieces were from a broken necklace so they made for a perfect free addition!
5. Lastly, if desired, add a hoop for hanging by doing another larks head knot and tying it off. This can now easily be hung on a nail head or hook. You can also leave it without this, as the hoop itself can also rest on a nail head on its own, it is up to you!
6. Hang your dream catcher up above your bed for a restful night's sleep!
Or use it to decorate just about any room of your home!
Hey there, I'm Becca, or Rebecca, but not Becky, never Becky, unless you're my family from down south! I'm a simply modern librarian by day and an artist by night. My pursuit is for a simple, happy, healthy, and more fulfilling life! I hope I inspire you to get crafty!